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6:50 PM ET, May 13, 2010


 Top News: 
Andrew Rice / New York Times:
Putting a Price on Words  —  Last year, Sam Apple got the idea into his head that what the world needed was a new kind of newspaper.  This was, to put it mildly, at odds with the consensus of the marketplace.  At the time, several large media companies were in bankruptcy …
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Condé Nast Considers Move to New W.T.C. Tower  —  The publishing giant Condé Nast has been talking to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey about moving to 1 World Trade Center when it is complete, a potential coup for the signature skyscraper rising from ground zero.
Nellie Andreeva /
NBC CANCELS ‘LAW & ORDER’ FLAGSHIP  —  EXCLUSIVE: This one is a shocker.  Veteran crime drama Law & Order will not get its shot at history after all.  I hear that after long deliberations, NBC has decided to cancel the long-running procedural, which will end its run at 20 seasons, tied with Gunsmoke.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Haim Saban Plans ‘Serious Look’ at Newsweek  —  Billionaire media investor Haim Saban said Wednesday he's planning to “take a serious look” at Newsweek magazine, which is on the auction block.  —  Mr. Saban said Don Graham, chairman of Newsweek parent company Washington Post Co. …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You're Welcome, You Bastards  —  A week ago we posted two excerpts from Fortune columnist David Kirkpatrick's new book The Facebook Effect.  We're big fans of Kirkpatrick and have been following his book progress since last year.  When Fortune's PR department called to ask us to print the excerpts, we quickly agreed.
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Gerald Posner Hires Rush to Judgment Author Mark Lane in Plagiarism Case  —  Gerald Posner, Miami Beach author and admitted plagiarist, announced today that he's hired a lawyer to defend him against Miami New Times' stories about his literary thefts.  —  Posner's own best-seller and Pulitzer finalist …
Internet Advertising Revenues Hit $5.9 Billion in Q1 '10, Highest First-Quarter Revenue Level On Record  —  7.5% Year-Over-Year Increase a Bright Spot in Marketing & Advertising Media NEW YORK, NY (May 13, 2009) — Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. hit $5.9 billion for the first quarter of 2010 …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Will Rupert Murdoch's plans to charge for access to his websites pay off?  —  Next week Rupert Murdoch introduces a charge for access to the websites of his best-known news titles.  Will his latest gamble pay off?  —  The big reveal comes next week.  We'll have a better idea then whether …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Fitz & Jen
Jason Fry / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why the biggest competitor to iPad news apps may be a familiar icon  —  Once we got done making jokes about the name, one of the more amusing aspects of the iPad's launch was how many people made up their minds about the product's worthiness and market fate without the benefit of using one for very long, if at all.
Discussion: CJR, Reinventing the Newsroom and Soup
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu: HTML5 Isn't Ready for Prime Time  —  UPDATED: Hulu rolled out a number of updates to its video player today, including making it bigger, adding adaptive bitrate streaming, improving content recommendations and enabling users to receive more personalized ads.
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Cable Show 2010: TV Everywhere, Money Not So Much  —  Media executives rehash perennial concerns about financial viability of multiplatform distribution  —  Moderated by former FCC chairman Michael Powell, who has segued from the federal payroll to Providence Equity Partners …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:   Moguls: Models matter most
Steve Donohue / Light Reading:
Comcast CEO Dismisses Cord-Cutting Trend
Discussion: The Awl and Company Town
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
A Digital Boot Camp to Groom Talent for Agencies  —  WHEN she founded the digital ad agency Exopolis nine years ago, Kat Egan wasn't worried about finding good talent.  Although the Internet was young, she figured trained technologists would soon be pelting her with résumés.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
HMV's Simon Fox to be GMG director  —  Chief executive of music retailer - and early front-runner in race for ITV job - to be non-exec director of Guardian publisher  —  Simon Fox, chief executive of the music retailer HMV, is to become a non-executive director of Guardian Media Group.
Discussion: Media Week and paidContent:UK
Ctouhey / TBD:
We're Crowdsourcing Plans for TBD  —  While we were working on a name for our new project (we settled on TBD), we used a lot of different names to refer to it, including, well, TBD, nonameyet, and many others.  —  At one point, a tweep suggested that we crowdsource the name, seeking suggestions on Twitter.
Discussion: Zombie Journalism
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Media Meets Commerce, As Thrillist Buys JackThreads (Plus, 1,000 Invites)  —  It was only this past weekend that Dave Chase argued in a guest post here on TechCrunch that online media companies should get into e-commerce through group buying and flash sale sites.
Alex Weprin / WebNewser:
The Fiscal Times Celebrates Launch  —  Last night digital news publication The Fiscal Times celebrated its official launch at The Paley Center for Media in New York City.  The main event was a conversation between CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and Pete Peterson, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce …
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sony's Family Saga  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  A succession battle is brewing at the second-largest music company in the world, as Sir Howard Stringer must choose between the head of RCA—and his own brother.
Discussion: Company Town and The Daily Beast
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Adobe targets Apple in ad campaign launched today, publishes open letter from founders  —  If you're reading Engadget today (and let's be honest, you're reading it right now), then you might have noticed that Adobe has launched a pretty full-force campaign to call out Apple on its anti-Flash mission.
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